Waterlogging in Mumbai (image: twitter)

Large scale waterlogging and traffic snarls hit Mumbai on Friday under the spell of heavy rains.

Flights have been delayed by 30 minutes, an official of the Mumbai airport told ANI news agency.

The trade capital was warned of very heavy rain along with by strong winds for the next four hours.

Those heading towards the airports were hit the most by the long traffic jams.

The Juhu Tara Road, Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road, many parts of SV Road and stretches of Western Express Highway became waterlogged leading to traffic jams.

Earlier on Friday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an orange alert in three districts of Maharashtra — Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg.

Meanwhile, Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbaiare also expected to have heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours, said IMD.

An extremely heavy rainfall is most likely to occur in Palghar district.

An orange alert signifies that the authorities should get ready for necessary action.

An orange alert is a warning so that relevant autghorities stay prepared.

“Today’s rainfall forecast for 24 hours. Heavy rainfall over konkan region including Mumbai. Moderate rainfall upto 40 mm in Vidarbha and some parts of Marathwada, South Madhya Mah,” he said in another tweet.

Private weather forecaster Skymet Weather tweeted, “#MumbaiLife rains Nowcast: #MumbaiRains may be heavy in some parts of the city and suburbs in the next 2-4 hours.”

The Colaba observatory measured 19.1 mm rain in the 24 hours until 8.30 am on Friday, while the Santacruz observatory measured 44 mm rainfall during the period.

In the last two days, heavy rainfall has caused waterlogging in many areas of Mumbai such as Sion, Malad, Andheri and Dahisar. The Heavy pouring led to traffic congestion at several key areas.

“Weather forecast by i.m.d at 08:00 hours – intermittent rain/showers with heavy falls in city and suburbs during night/early morning,” the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) informed in a tweet.

(with ANI inputs)

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